Gordon Shedden hoping to continue winning momentum into season finale

Gordon Shedden says he is hoping to continue his winning momentum into the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch, after securing two wins at Donington Park last weekend.

Shedden was the fastest driver in Saturday’s crucial two-part qualifying session, giving the Team Dynamics driver his first pole of the season.

The Scot then converted that into victory in race one on Sunday, fending off Power Maxed Racing’s Daniel Lloyd and Toyota’s Rory Butcher for a first win of 2021 for Shedden.

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“I would never say it was comfortable, but it was nice to start from the front, get into turn one and just manage the pace as best I could,” said Shedden of race one.

“Dan was pushing hard; I could see Rory coming… it was that onslaught after the safety car, but the Civic was great.

“What a boost for the team, it’s been a little bit up and down over the last couple of races, but to start at the front and get my first race wins of the year is absolutely superb.

“It’s so close. As I’ve said, you do need the cards to fall your way and it just seemed whatever direction we turned for the last two or three events it’s not quite gone our way.

“I keep talking about momentum so hopefully we can keep that up towards the end of the season.”

In race two, Shedden was initially beaten to the chequered flag by Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, but following a protest by Team Dynamics to the stewards, Ingram was handed a post-race one second penalty, reinstating Shedden on top and giving him a second win of the day.

Shedden insisted that the fact Ingram was charging through the field ballast-free from 11th on the grid shouldn’t have made a difference, as the pass should still have been fair.

Ingram made contact with Shedden at Coppice, before completing the pass into the chicane at the end of the back straight.

“It doesn’t matter [about the lack of weight] because once he got to me he couldn’t go anywhere. Obviously, he got into the back of me to open the door at Coppice but it is what it is.

“My car actually felt fantastic [in race two]. There were elements of it that felt better in that race than race one a bit randomly. But I’m delighted for everyone again it was a good strong result.”

Shedden sits eighth in the drivers’ championship standings after his double win and 13th in race three.

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